Protect Your Pet from Toxic Foods (Infographic)

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Guest Post from Sloan McKinney
Food plays an important role in your pup’s life. Feeding your dog the right diet ensures he receives the proper nutrition, while treats serve as a training tool and a reward for good behavior.
Some owners feed their dogs home-cooked or raw foods as either a supplement or replacement for processed dog food. Others offer their dogs table scraps as treats or rewards. In both of these instances, it’s important to be aware of the potential hazards of feeding your dog items besides food intended for dogs.
Though dogs may eat meat in the wild, if you choose to give your dog meat you should be careful of a few factors. It’s important that owners don’t give their animals either suspect or spoiled meat, as dogs can get sick off of food borne illnesses like salmonella and E.coli. Owners who choose to give their dogs raw meat should also be especially careful. If giving your pup food from your table, be wary of offering him meat bones. Domesticated animals may choke on sharp bones; chicken bones especially break easily and may pose the danger of obstruction.
Other people foods can pose a danger to your dog. Fruit pits and seeds can also be a choking hazard for smaller dogs. Candy and coffee grounds are both toxic to your dog as well. These items may be found in the trash, so it’s important that your garbage is not accessible to those on four legs.
Some fruits and vegetables are also harmful to dogs. Garlic, onion and other plants in the Allium family are highly toxic to dogs and cats, causing blood thinning and circulatory problems. Grapes and raisins are also known to be harmful to dogs in particular, though for unknown reasons. Double-check before giving your dog seasoned food, and be wary of leaving these foods out where your pup can reach them.
Just as it’s necessary to avoid intentionally feeding your pet a harmful substance, dog owners should be aware of other hazards that dogs may ingest accidentally. Because animals may get into cupboards, climb tables, or sample leftovers, it’s important to keep all potentially dangerous items a safe distance from where your pooch can reach it.
Caffeine and alcohol are both hazardous to your dog, as they both affect animals in the same ways as humans, just to a greater extent. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs as it contains both caffeine and a chemical called theobromine.
Household items like cleaners and medications could be accidentally ingested by your dog as well. Be sure to keep your pets away from toxic chemicals while sanitizing areas of the home, and properly dispose of leftover cleaning fluid. Prescriptions could potentially be poisonous to anyone who ingests them on accident, but Tylenol especially is dangerous to dogs.
Keeping your dog healthy and happy means learning about the foods that could be potential dangers to your pet. Check out this infographic to educate yourself on potential pet toxins.

Guest Contributor: Sloan McKinney

Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.


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  1. great post! I’m totally happy that Easy dislikes chocolate, it’s a mystery, I know, but it’s the best what could happen to avoid mischief on that front :o)
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  2. Great infographic, tons of info there! I have to admit, I thought it was ok to feed dogs raw eggs! Good for their coats?
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  3. Nicely put together! I hope and pray I can repeat my training performance from the past with Jax. Harley & Leo always listened when asked to “drop-it”, they were not counter surfers, nor did they snatch food from foreign places without given permission. All of these dangers are so common in our human environment – it’s a frightening thought. Will share this post happily!
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  4. Good informative infographic. Mostly things I would assume are common knowledge, but I’m always amazed how many pet owners really have no clue.
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  5. You’d think people would know this, but I know of many people who feed their dogs grapes. The thing is that some dogs will react and others will not, (I find that out when Delilah ate raisins!) The kicker is that they don’t know which dogs will and which dogs won’t, so it’s safer just to tell everyone to avoid it.

    BTW, Delilah also drinks my coffee and eats chocolate any time she can get it.:-(
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  6. what a great inforgraphic, we all need a reminder!
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  7. Great info and useful graphic! I have to confess, I give Sam raw eggs on occasion but they are fresh from the farm, not store bought. Will rethink that though…much to his chagrin no doubt since he LOVES eggs. 🙂
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  8. Nice info graphic!
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  9. I use to give my dogs table scraps if I felt they were not going to harm them. However, after time they became accustomed to eating it and always demanded it. Now, I don\’t give it to them at all. It prevents that possible aggression that might have happened.
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  10. We used to give our dogs grapes all the time years ago before we knew better. Luckily they didn’t bother those two at the time.
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